Women allowed to perform Hajj, Umrah without male guardian

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Women allowed to perform Hajj, Umrah without male guardian

A Muslim woman prays atop Mount Arafat, southeast of the Saudi holy city of Mecca, during the climax of the hajj pilgrimage, July 8, 2022. — AFP/File  
  • Decision was announced by Saudi Hajj and Umrah minister. 
  • Women permitted for pilgrimage “accompanied by “trustworthy women or secure company”.
  • Former adviser says this decision makes life easier for them. 

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said that women across the world can now perform Hajj and Umrah without a mahram (blood relative) or a male guardian. 

The announcement was made by the Saudi Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr Tawfiq Al-Rabiah during a press conference, ending decades-long rule by the Kingdom, Arab News reported. 

The Hajj Minister said that people with any visa can perform Hajj and Umrah with satisfaction and can visit any city in the country. “There is not any fixed quota of the Umrah pilgrims,” he added.

Al-Rabiah said that measures are being taken for maximum arrival of Umrah pilgrims. 

Women are permitted to perform Hajj or Umrah without a mahram accompanied by “trustworthy women or secure company to perform Hajj or Umrah. This is the view of the Maliki and Shafi’i scholars”, said Hajj and Umrah Services Adviser Ahmed Saleh Halabi. 

“The supervisor of fatwa at Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Egypt, Abbas Shoman, declared last March that a woman is allowed to perform Hajj and Umrah without an accompanying mahram,” said Halabi. 

Meanwhile, former adviser to the Minister of Hajj writer Faten Ibrahim Hussein said that pilgrims are provided with all the facilities to perform Hajj and Umrah which are based on Saudi Vision 2030.

“Allowing women to perform Umrah without the condition of a mahram makes life easier for them because many have difficult social conditions and may not find a mahram, or it may cost them a lot, while they are eager to perform Umrah,” said Hussein. 

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